Home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, this enormous uptown business district also houses the headquarters of Japan's most prominent businesses. The rest of the city has relatively few skyscrapers due to seismic concerns, but this district has the largest concentration of tall buildings in Japan. At its center is Shinjuku Station, the country's largest and busiest railway port, with more than 3.5 million people transiting the station each day. Department stores, restaurants and nightlife are scattered throughout the area. Japan's busiest red light district, Kabukicho, is located just northeast of Shinjuku station.
Getting Around Tokyo
The best way to get around Tokyo is by subway or train. The system is incredibly efficient. The only downside to the subway and train system is that it shuts down nightly between midnight and 1 a.m. and doesn't start again until 5 or 6 a.m. Be careful when staying out late as Japan's subways and trains are known to stop half-way through their routes, leaving travelers stranded and facing an expensive cab ride. Check to see if you qualify for a Japan Rail Pass (http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html) before you depart for Japan. There are two classes: "Green" and "Ordinary" (Green indicates a first-class experience). Passes can be purchased for 7, 14, and 21 days.
Nearby Airports
  • Narita International Airport-NRT
  • Haneda International Airport-HND
Airport Taxis
  • $200 from Narita International Airport
  • $30 from Haneda International Airport
Things to Do and See Near Shinjuku